Better Practices of Project Management review

Level of education or training:  □ basic, √ standard, □ advancedet-lit-John-Hermarij

Structure according to √ ICB, √ NCB many countries

Suitable for IPMA Certification Level(s): □ D, √ C, √ B, □ A

Comments: Available in the Dutch language as well



Managing projects, programmes and portfolios is more than working within the triple constraints of scope, finish time and budget defined by the project owner, or also more than achieving the deliverables, milestones and costs agreed. In his book of 660 pages the Author John Hermarij uses the full width and details of the 46 IPMA competence elements and lets the professionals benefit from the corresponding management richness and precision. The 3rd Edition is a mature guide to better practices of project management for practitioners and educators, mainly at the IPMA Levels B and C. It is also the necessary project management basis for PM Consultants and IPMA Level A directors.

The chapter structure is the competence elements of the IPMA ICB® Version 3.0, with its 3 ranges (PM-technical, PM-behavioural and PM-contextual competence elements). For each competence element the key purpose, some definitions, the process steps for achieving solutions for the corresponding topic, standard methods, proposals and some short examples are provided. The focus is good advice and better practice, short and crisp, prêt à porter. A few definitions (e.g. the sustainability as “harmonising social, environmental and economic interests” vs. the ‘environment’ as “social climate for humans, animals and plants”) and recommendations (e.g. the “undesirable matrix organisation structure” vs. the necessary provision of resources by the permanent organisations) could be challenged as not fully consistent. The book is written in a very user friendly language and style. The illustration with graphics and tables is excellent. The maturity from an intensive teaching and training of the Author is visible. A face-lifting of the professional literature would not be bad.

It can be warmly recommended that the project management professionals use the ICB competence elements for better practices and results. The book is an excellent support for this purpose.